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Tascam DR-05X

High-resolution digital audio recorder with expandable memory

Item # 850DR05X

What's better than a portable high-res digital audio recorder? One that's packed full of useful features for pros.

What's better than a portable high-res digital audio recorder? One that's packed full of useful features for pros.

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About the Tascam DR-05X

Made for content producers

Whether you're a videographer, podcaster, journalist, or musician, high-quality audio recording is a must. And if it's simple to do, that's even better. The Tascam DR-05X delivers both. It can record in MP3 and high-resolution WAV formats — including the BWF (Broadcast Wave Format), used in professional media production. Built-in stereo omnidirectional microphones accurately capture sound, with a variety of settings to optimize recording under most any condition.

Made for content producers

Tascam DR_05X

Whether you're a videographer, podcaster, journalist, or musician, high-quality audio recording is a must. And if it's simple to do, that's even better. The Tascam DR-05X delivers both. It can record in MP3 and high-resolution WAV formats — including the BWF (Broadcast Wave Format), used in professional media production. Built-in stereo omnidirectional microphones accurately capture sound, with a variety of settings to optimize recording under most any condition.

Customize your recordings

The DR-05X lets you record in either WAV or MP3. You can set the resolution for WAV recording up to 24-bit/96kHz, and MP3 resolution up to 48kHz/320kbps. The mics can be set to record either in stereo, or mono. A Dictation Mode automatically adjusts record settings for the spoken word.

For the musician

The mics can handle high volume levels, all the way up to 125 dB SPL. Record your band rehearsing at full tilt and capture it without distortion. And a built-in chromatic tuner ensures you and your bandmates are not only on the same page, but in the same key.

Solo practice session? There's self-timer recorder function, so you can get set up and ready to play before recording starts.

More great features

The recorder has three low cut filters, which are handy for eliminating low-frequency noises like the sound of wind or electric motors. A peak reduction function automatically adjusts levels to prevent clipping. The built-in 1/4" standard screw hole lets you mount the recorder on an optional tripod. And there's both headphone and mic jacks, for more recording and monitoring options.

Memory and battery life

The recorder has a microSD card slot. Use microSD memory cards (available separately) to store up to 128GB of recordings. The DR-05X gets up to 17.5 hours of operation from two "AA" batteries (available separately).

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Product highlights:

  • built-in stereo omnidirectional microphones
  • selectable stereo or mono recording
  • records in:
    • MP3 up to 48kHz/320kbps
    • WAV/BWF up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • recording features:
    • handles high sound pressure levels up to 125 dB
    • 3 low cut filters
    • self timer recording function
    • adjustable playback speed
    • peak reduction function to automatically set optimal recording levels
    • Dictation Mode designed for voice recording and transcription
  • microSD card slot for expandable storage (memory card not included)
  • LCD display
  • built-in mono speaker
  • USB micro-B port for data transfer and power (cables not included)
  • 3.5mm microphone input
  • 3.5mm stereo minijack headphone output
  • up to 17.5 hours of operation with 2 "AA" batteries (available separately)
  • 2-7/16"W x 5-9/16"H x 1-1/16"D
  • weight: 4.2 oz. (not including batteries)
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # DR-05X

What's in the box:

  • Portable digital recorder
  • 2 "AA" Batteries
  • Owner's manual

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General Features
Recording Features
Edit and Playback Functions
Specifications

General Features

Overview: The TASCAM DR-05X is a hand-held portable stereo digital recorder that is designed for musicians, recording meetings, dictation, audio-for-video, and more. You can make high quality recordings using the WAV format, or a large number of recordings in MP3. The recorder includes a slot for a microSD/SDHC/SDXC card (sold separately). It has two built-in microphones, a Mic/Ext input, a mono speaker, and a line/headphone output. The DR-05X operates on two AA batteries (included).

LCD Display: The DR-05X features a 1.75" (diagonal), backlit, monochrome LCD (128 x 64 pixels) which indicates recording and playback information. The recorder will display the elapsed or remaining recording time in hours, minutes, and seconds.

Date and Time: The recorder features a built-in clock. If you have set the time and date, information as to when a sound file was recorded is stored automatically with that file.

Microphones: The unit features two high quality condenser microphones mounted on the top of the recorder. The mics are angled in an open position (A-B position) to give you a wide stereo sound. The angle of the microphones cannot be adjusted.

Mic/Ext Input: Located between the built-in microphones is a stereo 3.5mm input for connecting an external mic or an external device. The built-in microphone, and the settings of left/right channels is disabled if an external microphone is connected. If the external microphone requires plug-in power, the DR-05X can be set to do so.

Low Cut Filter: The device features a low-cut filter that can be engaged to reduce noise, such as wind noise, during recording. The cut-off frequency can be set to 40 Hz, 80 Hz, or 120 Hz.

microSD Card Slot: The DR-05X Digital Recorder features a slot for inserting a microSD card. The recorder is compatible with microSD cards from 64MB to 2GB, microSDHC cards from 4GB to 32GB, and microSDXC cards 48GB to 128GB in size. The maximum recording time is as follows:

File Format Recording Setting Capacity
(hrs:mins)
2 GB 4 GB 8 GB
WAV
(stereo)
16-bit 44.1kHz
48kHz
96kHz
3:22
3:06
1:33
6:44
6:12
3:06
13:28
12:24
6:12
24-bit 44.1kHz
48kHz
96kHz
2:15
2:04
1:02
4:30
4:08
2:04
9:00
8:16
4:08
MP3
(mono/stereo)
44.1 kHz/48kHz 32 kbps
64 kbps
96 kbps
128 kbps
192 kbps
256 kbps
320 kbps
149:04
72:32
49:40
37:16
24:50
18:37
14:54
298:08
149:04
99:20
74:32
49:40
37:16
29:48
596:16
298:08
198:40
149:04
99:20
74:32
59:36

Formatting Memory Cards: Memory cards can be formatted in the unit to prepare them for use. You can choose a quick format, which erases all music files on the card and automatically creates new Music and Utility folders, as well as the DR-1.sys file that is necessary to use the card with the unit. Full formatting checks the memory for errors while formatting, and takes longer to complete than quick formatting.

USB: The DR-05X has a Micro-B 2.0 (High speed) USB port on the side for connecting the recorder to your computer for transferring files or for providing USB bus power. With the optional TASCAM PS-P520E AC adapter (which plugs into the USB port), you can operate the unit on ordinary household current. The DR-05X is compatible with the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows: 10, 8.1, and 7.
  • MacOS: Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra (10.13), Sierra (10.12)
  • iPad iOS: 13, 12, and 11.

Headphone/Line Out Jack: The DR-05X has a 3.5mm stereo jack for plugging in a pair of headphones, or for connecting to an external device. You can listen to files played back or monitor the recording as it is made.

Power Requirements: The recorder is powered by two "AA" batteries. You can use either alkaline (included) or Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries. Battery life for continuous operation is as follows:

Recording WAV (44.1kHz/16-Bit) Alkaline: Approx. 17.5 hours
Ni-MH: Approx. 14.5 hours
MP3 (44.1kHz/128Kbps) Alkaline: Approx. 16 hours
Ni-MH: Approx. 13 hours
Playback WAV (44.1kHz/16-Bit) Alkaline: Approx. 16.5 hours
Ni-MH: Approx. 15 hours
MP3 (44.1kHz/128Kbps) Alkaline: Approx. 16.5 hours
Ni-MH: Approx. 13 hours

Tripod Socket: The DR-05X is equipped with a standard 1/4" tripod socket on the back so you can mount the recorder onto a tripod, if desired.

Recording Features

Recording Format: The DR-05X records audio files in WAV and MP3 formats. The unit is compatible with the BWF (Broadcast Wave Format) for WAV files. You can choose from the following recording options:

  • WAV: 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit
  • MP3: 44.1/48 kHz, 32/64/96/128/192/256/320 kbps

Maximum File Sizes: You can set the maximum file size in the Menu. The choices include: 64 MB, 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, or 2 GB (default). If the maximum set file size is exceeded during recording, the unit will automatically continue recording in a new file. It cannot exceed a recording time of 24 hours.

Recording Levels: After selecting the input (built-in or external), you can adjust the input levels to prevent recorded sounds from being distorted due to excessively high input signals, or from being inaudible due to excessively low input signals, compared to noise. There are three level adjustment functions:

  • Peak Reduction: The input volume is reduced automatically to an appropriate level when excessive high signals come in.
  • Automatic Level Control: The recording level is controlled automatically to increase or decrease the input level when the input signals are too small or too large. This mode is useful for recording at meetings. Manual adjustments to the recording level cannot be made.
  • Limiter: Engaging the limiter prevents distortion of sounds when excessive high input signals come in suddenly. This mode is suitable for live performances with large volume changes. You can adjust the level manually during recording.

Auto Tone: This function can be used to automatically insert a tone signal whenever recording starts and stops. The Headphone/Line Output jack can be connected to the mic input on a video camera or digital camera with Auto Tone capability. This allows the tones to act as guides when synchronizing the files in video editing software.

File Names: Each time a file is recorded, a file name is assigned to the recording. The file name can be either a 6-character word or a 6-digit date (yymmdd format). You can set the word file name, while the date file name is automatically set using the unit's internal clock.

Marks: The DR-05X lets you place an electric mark in a recording to identify specific points in the recording. Mark information is stored in the file with numbers between 01 and 99. Marks stored in a WAV file are BWF-compliant, and can be added automatically or manually. During playback, you can immediately move to marks in the currently selected file when paused.

Pre-Recording: Pre-recording enables you to start recording up to 2 seconds before you press the Record button. This enables you to avoid missing the exact moment a recordable event begins.

Self Timer: Like a camera, the recorder's self timer lets you start a recording after a set period of time. Self timers can be set to 5 seconds or 10 seconds.

Edit and Playback Functions

Browse Screen: The DR-05X's Browse screen lets you view the contents of the Music Folder containing the audio files on the microSD card. You can play or erase selected audio files, organize them into folders, and add tracks to the playlist.

Divide: A recorded WAV file can be divided into two at a specified position. This allows you to edit out unwanted portions of a track by placing them in a separate track and deleting them.

Playback Control: The Playback Control screen allows you to access some special playback control functions. You can playback a selected section of a track repeatedly (Loop Playback), or change the tempo of music without changing the pitch in a range from 50% to 150% normal speed (Variable Speed Audition, or VSA).

Playback Equalizer: You can choose from different sound types to enhance the sound quality of a track by using the Playback Equalizer (Play EQ). The Play EQ lets you make adjustments (+ or -) in the High (treble), Middle, and Low (bass) frequency ranges.

Level Alignment: If the playback sound is very small, the perceived overall level can be increased to enhance listenability.

Jump: During playback, you can jump backward or forward from the current playback position by a set amount of time. The Jump function is adjustable in the menu, allowing you to set the jump time to 1sec, 3sec, 5sec, 10sec (default), 30sec, 1min, 5min, 10min, or Off.

Dictation Play: This mode lets you search for the parts of the selected file that you want to hear during playback, a useful feature for transcribing a recorded conversation, interview, or meeting minutes.

Effects: The DR-05X includes 6 Effects (reverb) that can be applied to the input signal during recording or to the playback signal. Effects include: Hall 1, Hall 2, Room, Studio, Plate 1, and Plate 2.

Tuner Function: You can use the DR-05X to precisely tune an instrument. You can calibrate the tuner by adjusting the reference tone (A) between 435 Hz and 445 Hz (in 1 Hz increments). The Tuner displays the mismatch between the tone of the musical instrument you are tuning and the reference tone. You can adjust the input level, if needed.

Specifications

Inputs/Outputs:

  • Mic/Ext In:
    • Connector: 3.5mm (1/8") stereo mini
    • Input Impedance: 2 kΩ (plug in power: On), 18kΩ (plug in power: Off)
    • Nominal Input Level: -20 dBV
    • Maximum Input Level: -4 dBV
  • Headphone/Line Out:
    • Connector: 3.5mm stereo mini
    • Output Impedance: 12 Ω
    • Nominal Output Level: -14 dBV (10 kΩ load)
    • Maximum Output Level: +2 dBV (10 kΩ load)
    • Maximum Output: 20 mW + 20 mW (32Ω load)

Audio Performance:

  • Frequency Response:
    • 20 - 20 kHz +1/-3 dB (44.1 kHz, MIC/EXT IN to LINE OUT)
    • 20 - 22 kHz +1/-3 dB (48 kHz, MIC/EXT IN to LINE OUT)
    • 20 - 40 kHz +1/-3 dB (96 kHz, MIC/EXT IN to LINE OUT)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.05% or lower (EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48/96kHz)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 92dB or higher (EXT IN to LINE OUT, Fs 44.1/48/96kHz)

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